Today, between 10 and 12 million ethnic Roma live in Europe, of whom German writer Günter Grass said they were already “true Europeans!”
Unfortunately, these feelings are not shared by everyone. We are talking about a continent where the Roma population has been subjected to systematic discrimination, culminating in the absolute horror of the Holocaust.
Wherever they live, Roma people are often a minority. They migrated centuries ago from northeast India, but their identity was later formed through a shared history of abuse. Unlike other populations, they are not a “diaspora.” What unites them is their shared destiny, like the Jews before the creation of the state of Israel.
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Creative teenagers and young adults who grew up in Ferentari neighborhood in Bucharest write articles about Roma culture, with editorial guidance, as part of “Avdives, Khetanes!” (translation “Today, together!”) project implemented by Amfiteatru Foundation.
“Avdives, Khetanes!” aims to increase inclusion and develop the premises for a better quality of life for Roma children in Belin commune, Covasna county and in Ferentari marginalized neighbourhood (Sector 5, Bucharest).
The project is implemented by Amfiteatru Foundation in partnership with Belin Community Development Association for Belin commune and by Amfiteatru Foundation in partnership with the City Hall of Sector 5 for Ferentari and benefits from a 856.678 euros grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the SEE and Norway Grants as part of the Local Development Program.